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Today, I want to talk about a common challenge many of us face in maintaining a consistent workout routine: scheduling rest days. It’s tempting to carve out rest days in our calendars, but life often has other plans. Let’s explore a flexible approach that aligns with our unpredictable schedules and helps us stay on track with our fitness goals.

My Approach To Rest Days

For me personally, I like to plan for a workout every day. This doesn’t mean I exercise seven days a week—instead, it means that I schedule time to workout daily, but take a rest day only when my other commitments absolutely prevent me from working out. This strategy works well for me, allowing me to stay flexible and responsive to the demands of each day. I encourage you to customize this approach based on your own schedule and energy levels. What works on weekdays might look different on weekends, and that’s perfectly okay.

Flexibility is Key

Instead of setting fixed rest days each week, consider a more adaptable strategy. Life is unpredictable, and sometimes, our planned workout days turn into unintended rest days due to other commitments. This can be frustrating, especially if a scheduled rest day ends up being a missed opportunity for exercise.

Start Strong

To make the most of your week, front-load your workout sessions. If your goal is to exercise three times from Monday to Friday, aim to complete these sessions at the beginning of the week—Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. This approach not only gives you a strong start to your week but also keeps your schedule flexible for the remaining days.

Keep Bonus Days Flexible

By getting your workouts done early, Thursday and Friday become flexible ‘bonus days.’ These can serve as additional workout days if you’re feeling up for it, or they can be your rest days if needed. This flexibility allows you to adjust based on how your week unfolds and how you feel.

Benefits of This Approach

1. Reduced Stress: Not having fixed rest days reduces the pressure and guilt associated with missing a planned workout.

2. Increased Motivation: Completing your workout goals early in the week can provide a significant motivational boost.

3. Adaptability: You can better accommodate unexpected events or shifts in your energy levels throughout the week.


Remember, the key to a successful fitness routine is not just in how often you exercise, but in how well you adapt your schedule to fit your life. This flexible approach ensures that you’re making the most of your available time without feeling bound by a rigid schedule.

Keep moving, stay flexible, and let’s make every week count. 👊

P.S. Following up on my previous email regarding the opportunity to train together for Ironman Arizona 2024. Since sending that email, I’ve had an overwhelming response. I’m excited to announce that now I only have one spot left! If you’re interested, please reply as soon as possible to secure your place on this incredible journey.

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